|Biography: Margarita Reyes was one of six children raised by a single-mother. Despite only making minimum wage, Margarita's mother still managed to raise six upstanding citizens. In a story that reads more like a soap opera than real life, the family's experiences were pretty shocking. Moving twelve times before she was even out of high school, Margarita attended five different high schools in the span of four years. In a twist of fate, Margarita also became a single-mother at the age of twenty-one.
Between pursuing acting, providing for her daughter and landing an agent, Margarita has had many struggles. After auditioning for Stuart Edward at the Coralie Jr. Theatrical agency, she was signed and has since been represented by the agency for the last six years. As her business relationship has grown with the agency so has her resume. Margarita has worked on dozens of national commercials in English and Spanish, numerous feature films and several primetime television series including the likes of Criminal Minds and The Shield. Her daughter, now eight, has also built an impressive commercial resume.
Behind the scenes, Margarita has also produced several print jobs for companies such as And1 and BMW. She has a small casting company that cast the feature film Platinum Illusions as well as print ads for ATV/Solaris, Coleman Camping and Target among other companies. Most recently, Margarita produced an ad for the South American market for Sony Vaio.
Knowing the importance of a higher education, Margarita decided to return to college and pursue a degree. As of 2007, Margarita was accepted and is attending the University of California Los Angeles. Through the help of AAP at UCLA, she is transitioning into college life while still continuing as a working actor.
It's been a roller coaster ride, and one that has no end in sight, but Margarita is doing what she loves. This past June, she flew to Costa Rica to film the lead in the feature film The Institution directed by Marynell Maloney and produced by Studio Chenailles. She spent two weeks shooting in exotic locations and working with amazing people. The part was challenging as she portrayed a local Costa Rican woman that is beaten and abused by her husband but survives. The story is especially close to Margarita because her own mother is a survivor of spousal abuse. Apart from having a positive message, working on the film has been by far one of the most amazing experiences of her life.
Currently, Margarita resides in Los Angeles with her daughter. She will continue acting and eventually hopes to synthesize her passions. She desires to produce quality films and documentaries that will inspire others to pursue their dreams, films that focus on social justice, education and positive role models. Margarita regularly volunteers for projects that help women and children in underrepresented communities. She continues to audition, attend school full-time and be a mom - and she is enjoying every minute!